March 6, 2020
Second Sunday in Lent

In preparation for worship,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.

Scripture: Matthew Matthew 5:4-5
Message: "You Know The Meek Are Gonna
Get What's Comin' To Them..."

(Image from the 2019 Russian Mission Partnership Journey inspired by today’s scripture “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Photo by Dr. Robert S. Smith)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Worshiping Together in This Season
As COVID-19 (the coronavirus) makes news around the world, this is a time for our faith community to come together. Our church staff is seeking out the latest health information available as well as local health professionals to help equip our ministry with the most effective practices to protect your health.

In worship on Sunday you’ll find two additional safeguards. First, we’ll ask you to care for yourself and one another by refraining from shaking hands. Instead greet one another with an elbow bump or a fist bump before worship, during the sharing of the Peace of Christ, and after worship.

Second, you’ll find hand sanitizer in every pew rack. Using hand sanitizer in church is not only acceptable but encouraged!

This is an opportunity for our congregation to support each other in concrete ways when we are ill. If you are ill, please stay home and call our church office. We will gather a circle of care around you. We are ready to drop off food, send cards, run errands and much more for anyone who is ill.

In the spirit of our worship series on the Beatitudes, “Blessed are those who protect the health of your neighbor, for you shall be more than a healer.”
One Great Hour of Sharing
On Sunday, March 1 Fish Banks were distributed to our Church School children. Fish Banks are available to “kids of all ages.” We encourage everyone who wants to contribute in this way to take one home. We will be collecting them back Palm Sunday, April 5 . If you’d like to see an interactive world map that shows where OGHS recipients are located follow this link.
Deacon Lenten Food Drive
Our traditional Lenten Food Drive will take place from this Sunday, March 8 through Palm Sunday, April 5 . The following items are needed and much appreciated: peanut butter, spaghetti, tuna and personal items customers are not able to purchase with SNAP benefits such as, body wash (no bar soap, please), shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent and toilet paper. You may drop your donations off in the narthex. Monetary donations can be placed in the offering plates with the note “Lenten Food Drive” on the memo line of the check or on the outside of the envelope if the donation is cash.
Adult Christian Education - 2020 Lenten Series
We warmly welcome you to join in any or all of the discussion sessions, based on the book: “Beatitudes from the Back Side A Different Take on What it Means to be Blessed” by J. Ellsworth Kalas.

Discussion continues this Sunday, March 8 from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  in the Seminary Community Room. Please feel free to bring your brown bag lunch. We hope you will join us; bring a friend or two.

Next discussion: Sunday, March 15.
Lenten Seminary Cinema Series - The Beatitudes
March 8, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. -  Philomena  (PG-13) (for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual reference) Philomena  is a true story based on the efforts of Philomena Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock who was forced to give her child away for adoption. After starting a family years later and moving on with her life, Lee meets a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Next film: Sunday, March 15 – Dark Waters (PG-13)

For more information, visit our Seminary Cinema  Facebook page .
Youth Group
Service project night! This Sunday, join us in the youth room upstairs for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Bring a friend, and we'll see you there!

Would you like to help out with meals at Youth Group?  We are looking for parents to help bring dinner on Sunday nights at 6:30 P.M. If you would like to help out, you can sign up online .
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Miami University - Men's Glee Club
featuring UVA Glee Club

Sunday, March 8, 2020
7:00 p.m. - Hall Auditorium

The Miami's Men's Glee Club will hosting a free, joint, concert with the University of Virginia Glee Club for a joint concert in Hall Auditorium. Free and open to the public.
Administrative Assistant's Vacation
Bridgite Dickerson, our Office Administrator, will be on vacation beginning Monday, March 9 until Friday, March 13. Joni Marcum will be covering the office Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Regular office hours will resume on Monday, March 16.
Church Services at The Knolls
If you have been unable to attend some of our church services lately, you may be able to catch one on a TV at The Knolls. On March 10 & 24, recent church services will be shown at 10:00 a.m. in the Activity Room of the Healthcare wing.  On the 10th, Pastor Marc will be joining us for fellowship and communion.  We hope you'll join us.
OPC Book Club
In March, we will be reading  I Was Hungry  by Jeremy Everett which focuses on how we can actively address food security within our communities.

Our book discussion will be held on  Thursday, March 19  at 6:00 p.m. in the Molyneaux lounge. Stop into the church office to purchase your book and let us know of your participation in this discussion. We hope you will join us. 
The Way of the Cross at Holy Trinity
During this Lenten Quiet Day, we will reflect on five events in the final days of Jesus’ life which occurred between Palm Thursday and Easter morning. Participants will encounter the scriptures of Holy Week in a deeply personal way in order to turn the tables on behaviors that may interfere with a deeper relationship with Christ within.

Bring a bag lunch, a notebook, a curious mind, and an open heart.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020.

To register: Please send an email with your name, address, and contact information to: holytquietday@gmail.com . Deadline is March 6, 2020 .
Easter Special Music Fund and Spring Flower Fundraiser
Spring flowers will be placed at the front of the church on Easter Sunday. Cost is $16.00.

Orders are due by April 1, 2020

Order forms are available outside the church office and in the Molyneaux lounge.

Donations to the Special Music Fund also gratefully received.
Deacons - Community Blood Drive
Oxford Presbyterian Church in partnership with
McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital Community Blood Drive

Tuesday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Register to give blood between March 2 and April 25,
and receive a pair of limited-edition argyle socks.

Appointments Encouraged


Sponsor Code #324
Maundy Thursday
The Maundy Thursday meal and service will be held at The Knolls on Thursday, April 9 . We will begin with a light supper at 5:30 p.m., consisting of soup, salad, assorted sandwiches, cookies, and a drink.

Meal reservations at a prepaid cost of $11.95 can be given to Bridgite Dickerson, Office Administrator, Pam Deahl, or Karen Shearer.  Please make your reservations by March 30 . Reservation forms are available outside the church office and in the Molyneaux lounge.

The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. You do not have to attend both the service and the meal. We hope to see you there.
Introducing Third Thirty
MEF (Membership, Evangelism and Fellowship Committee) invites our "third thirty" (those who are 60 years of age and onward) to gather for informal and interactive conversations. These gatherings will offer fellowship and opportunities to discuss issues that arise in our lives today and those we might anticipate to come. Participants can share experiences, express joys and perhaps, concerns of aging, as well as investigate issues that the group itself identifies for further discussion. We envision these gatherings to be occasional, as determined by the participants.
 
The first gathering of the Third Thirty will take place after worship on Sunday, March 29, at 11:30 in the Seminary. We will offer a light lunch and starter ideas for discussions and look forward to suggestions for future conversations.
 
Please mark your calendars to join fellow "Third Thirty-ers" on Sunday, March 29 . Let's move forward together to explore the challenges ahead and enjoy fellowship with one another.
Lunch on Us
Lunch on Us is back Sunday, March 29 , so mark your calendars! We will be joined by Geneva Blackmer, the new Program Director at the Oxford Interfaith Center.

Join us in the Molyneaux Lounge after worship, and we'll see you there!
Don't forget to set your clocks forward!
For Your Offering
OPC invites you to choose the most convenient giving avenue so that we may all fully participate in our ministry and mission. Offerings of  checks  and  cash  are always welcome in the offering plate.

To give  online  both conveniently and securely, scan the QR code on the pew card with your phone and follow the brief prompt. You may also access the same online giving opportunity from your computer. To give via  text   message , text opc1825 and your designated amount to 73256. For example, text "opc1825 25" to 73256 for an offering of $25 and follow the prompt. Questions? Contact office -  office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Your Stewardship Matters

Be still, my soul, and steadfast.
Earth and heaven both are still watching
though time is draining from the clock
and your walk, that was confident and quick,
has become slow.
 
So, be slow if you must, but let
the heart still play its true part.
Love still as once you loved, deeply
and without patience. Let God and the world
know you are grateful.
That the gift has been given.

- Mary Oliver
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056